US Senate Youth Scholarship Program
The US Senate Youth Scholarship is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and administered by the Office of Public Instruction.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation believes it is in the public interest to encourage outstanding young people to continue their educational development. To this end, the foundation will make available to each of the 104 delegates selected to participate in the program a $10,000 college scholarship award for undergraduate studies, subject to specific conditions and requirements.
Photograph provided by Jakub Mosur, USSYP Program Photographer
One Week in Our Nation’s Capital
The United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 2-9, 2019. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses for the Washington Week, including transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. The military services will provide specially selected men and women officers to serve as escorts. Click USSYP 2018 Yearbook to experience the 2018 Washington, D.C., trip.
$10,000 scholarship awarded to two Montana high school students.
How to Qualify
- Be a junior or senior in a Montana public, private, or charter high school. Students need not be nominated to apply for the scholarship.
- Currently serving in an elected or selected capacity in any one of the following student government offices at their Montana high school for the 2018-19 school year student body.
- Be a permanent resident of the United States.
- Be a Montana resident.
For more information on eligibility, click USSYP 2019 Brochure.
Interested students may download or print an Annual United States Senate Youth Program $10,000 Scholarship Application by clicking on the link to the application that will be placed on this web page on Monday, August 27, 2018. The link to the application will be removed on September 28, 2018. The application must be completed in its entirety and returned by the deadline date of 11:29 p.m. on October 1, 2018.
The two successful delegates and two successful alternates will be notified by the Hearst Foundations in December.
NEW: The William Randolph Hearst Foundation now has a blog for delegates to share their experiences in Washington, D.C.! Applicants can read what the 2018 USSYP delegates experienced. This is a great way to learn about Washington, D.C., Week.
2018 USSYP Delegates
Hali Kapperud (pictured right) is a senior at North Star High School in Rudyard, Montana. Her leadership roles include junior class secretary/treasurer and serving on the student council. She’s been a member of 4H and the Business Professionals of America. In her community, she has been involved in public service activities such as helping collect for the food drive, coaching youth basketball, and picking up highway trash for the Adopt a Highway program. Her college plans are to study biomedical science and communication. She is interested in several career paths, namely business, teaching, agriculture, and politics. Hali wrote about her experience during Washington Week in Washington D.C.
Abigail Roston, senior at Glacier High School in Kalispell, Montana, has a passion for social justice, particularly in regard to prison reform. She intends to major in legal studies and pursuing a career in criminal law. As a high school student, she is a legislative debater who is all-state and a five-time champion. Furthermore, she is the chairman of the High School Democrats of America of Montana. She has put in over 150 hours of community service and is the youth coordinator for Farm Hands. She was the lead campaign intern for Steve Bullock and Denise Juneau.
For information about the Montana USSYP Scholarship, email Tobie Liedes, USSYP Coordinator, or call 406-444-2417.